Hours and Info

6:30am to 8pm

Phone: 614.370.6254
Nature Center: 614.878.7106
Reservations: 614.508.8111 (M-F 8am–4pm)

Programs at Battelle Darby Creek

About

Battelle Darby Creek features more than 7,000 acres of forest, prairies and wetlands. It stretches along 13 miles of the Big and Little Darby creeks, both State and National Scenic Rivers. Besides the areas surrounding the creeks, there are also over 1,600 acres of restored wetlands and prairies. Bison have been reintroduced to the park and roam freely within two enclosed pastures.

Trails

Ancient

1.9 miles – easy to moderate – hike – grass and gravel
Runs alongside Darby Creek and loops through fields and woods while passing a reconstructed Fort Ancient mound.

Interactive Map: Ancient

Camp Chase

12.5 miles – easy to moderate – hike/bike/pets – paved – ADA West leg of the Ohio to Erie Trail, a multi-use recreation and transportation trail linking Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland.

Interactive Map: Camp Chase

Cobshell

0.8 miles – moderate to difficult – hike – gravel Hilly trail that loops through woods and features a scenic deck overlooking Big Darby Creek.

Interactive Map: Cobshell

Darby Creek Greenway

5 miles – easy – hike/bike/pets – gravel – ADA Flat trail through the prairies and woods that intersects the two bison pastures.

Interactive Map: Darby Creek Greenway

Dyer Mill

3.2 miles – moderate to difficult – hike/cross country ski – grass/gravel Loops through tall grass meadows and a secluded woodlands and dips down to Little Darby Creek.

Interactive Map: Dyer Mill

Edgewood, Lake & Prairie Way

2.3 miles – easy –hike/pets – grass Three connected trails that pass through fields and woodlands, around a lake and along Big Darby Creek.

Interactive Maps: Edgewood – Lake – Prairie Way

Harrier Loop, Rail Way & Teal

3 miles – moderate – hike – grass Three connected trails through prairies and wetlands.

Interactive Maps: Harrier Loop – Rail Way – Teal

Hawthorn

0.8 miles – easy –hike – gravel
Loop trail in the Cedar Ridge Picnic Area.

Indian Ridge

0.6 miles – moderate to difficult – hike – gravel Runs along Big Darby Creek through fields, woods and connects the Cobshell and Terrace trails.

Interactive Map: Indian Ridge

Osprey Lake

0.5 miles – easy –hike – grass, gravel
Loops around Osprey Lake.

Interactive Map: Osprey Lake

Riffle Run

0.2 miles – difficult – hike – gravel Steep trail down to Big Darby Creek.

Interactive Map: Riffle Run

Terrace

2 miles – moderate to difficult – hike – gravel Goes along Big Darby Creek for a ways and loops through a forest.

Interactive Map: Terrace

Turkey Foot

0.5 miles – easy – hike –grass Loop trail through the prairies and grasslands.

Interactive Map: Turkey Foot

Wagtail

1.6 miles – easy to moderate- hike/pets – grass Loops through the prairies.

Interactive Map: Wagtail

Two boys jogging on Darby Creek Greenway Trail at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
Photo: Tina Copeland

Photo: John Cagnina

Photo: John Nixon

Shelters

Reservable Shelters

Shagbark at Battelle Darby Creek

Shagbark

Shelter holds 80 people, has kitchen with sink, charcoal grill, electricity, a large serving counter. Also swing set, horseshoe pits and ADA accessible vault restrooms. Parking for 50 cars. Available All Day or Half Day.

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White Oak Shelter at Battelle Darby Creek

White Oak

Shelter holds 80 people, has kitchen with sink, charcoal grills, electricity and a large serving counter for food. Also has drinking fountain, sand volleyball court with net (no balls provided), horseshoe pit, swing set, ADA accessible vault restrooms. Parking for 40 cars, with 2 handicap spots. Available All Day or Half Day.

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Cedar Ridge Shelter at Battelle Darby Creek

Cedar Ridge Lodge

Lodge holds 72 people, has a gas fireplace, slide screen, WiFi, restrooms and a kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, 30-cup coffee maker, outdoor grills and a deck overlooking Big Darby Creek. Parking for 30 cars. ADA. Available All Day only.

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Non-Reservable Shelters

Indian Ridge Picnic Area

Grills, picnic tables, playfields, playground, drinking fountain, restrooms, horseshoe pits (no horseshoes available).
4 Shelters: Enclosed on three sides, Each shelter seats 16, Grills
1 Open Shelter: Seating 80, Each shelter seats 16, 4 Grills

Cedar Ridge Picnic Area

Picnic tables, playfields, playground, horseshoe pits (no horseshoes available), drinking water, restrooms
1 Small Open Shelter: Seats 24, 2 Grills, 2 Outlets
3 Shelters: Enclosed on three sides, Seats 15-20, Grills
2 Large Open Shelters: Seats 64, 4 Grills, Electricity

Little Darby Day Use Area Offers

Numerous grills, tables, restrooms, trail head (ice skating is located in this area).
1 Shelter: Seating 48, 2 Grills

Playground at Battelle Darby Creek
Visitor cooking burgers, sausage and hot dogs on a grill at the Indian Ridge Picnic Area at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
Photo: Mike Fetherolf

Activities

Yoga in the Park, in the Cedar Ridge area at Battelle Darby Creek.
Photo: Annette Boose

Photo: Dale Miller

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!